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The value of professional journalism - The Independent

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The Independent The value of professional journalism The Independent Most of the journalists I know probably slept through the Today programme on Saturday morning, which is a shame, because it featured a remarkable statement.

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Radio4peacebuilding's curator insight, December 7, 2013 3:22 AM

Professional journalists and social media; two streams which converge every now and again, but don't confuse one for the other. At least not yet.

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Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News?

Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News? | Journalism | Scoop.it
Here’s what a conversation with him reveals.
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Essential, touches on everything.

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How do you define 'journalist'? Focus on social role

What the heck is a “journalist,” anyway? We’ve grappled with that question for centuries, and it’s even more pressing given the pending federal shield law and changing nature of media. Two academic...
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"The bottom line is journalism is about making the world a better place. It’s a social role, whether you get paid to do it or do it for love. Whether you do it 60 hours a week, or five hours a week. A journalist is independent, loyal to the citizen, verifies and informs.

 

That’s what matters – not what is listed on a W-2 form."

 

How can you argue with the justice of that? I guess the question is how to legislate it, and if our government has the will to do so.

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Should Journalism Schools Require Reporters to 'Learn Code'? No

Should Journalism Schools Require Reporters to 'Learn Code'? No | Journalism | Scoop.it
The faulty logic behind a popular theory
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Interesting point of view. I'm not sure what to think, many people say modern journalists need to be a jack-of-all-trades, but how far can you take that? It's hard to argue that very few people will ever be excellent writers and coders. Even if they were, is there enough time to do both well?

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What are the “acts of journalism” that a shield law should protect ...

What are the “acts of journalism” that a shield law should protect ... | Journalism | Scoop.it
Anytime there's discussion of a shield law to protect journalists, the question immediately arises: Who counts as a journalist, anyway? The by-now-commonplace response to that is to say we should be protecting acts of ...
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Can Data Save Journalism?

Can Data Save Journalism? | Journalism | Scoop.it
Smart news organizations will move from a "tracking" mentality that simply lists what audiences are doing to focus on what any such insight could mean for both journalism and the business of journalism.

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Gabrielle Perruzzi's curator insight, November 17, 2014 6:44 PM

In this day and age, entertainment seems to be more important than the truth. The facts sometimes get pushed aside when people don't think they're important, but sticking to the facts can sometimes be better than fluffing up your writing. Facts make journalism more credible, which is important if it wants to continue to be respected. 

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The Importance of Copy Editing | ATVN

The Importance of Copy Editing | ATVN | Journalism | Scoop.it

Writing is of utmost importance in journalism. Succinct, informative, accurate and engaging writing can really determine how successful a newscast is. No matter how great video and sound are, a package or story cannot be brought to life without good writing. 

As lead producer, I had to write the teases for this week's broadcast. I found this extremely challenging -- you can't give too much information away, but you have to give just enough to make the viewer want to keep watching the show. This means teases have to be clever and intriguing enough to draw viewers in and keep them in their seats.

Aside from writing teases, copy editing is also necessary and important. A day in the newsroom flies by so quickly and in such a rush that errors in writing are common. Hence, it is important for team members to copy edit other people's stories and update them if necessary. It is a team effort.

Despite the fact that everyone has set duties and deadlines, team members should try to take some time to check other members' works. This little push of effort can really make a drastic improvement to the newscast. I struggled with this on Tuesday because I was so consumed in the work I had to do. Luckily, going to the studio a little early and double checking scripts really helped in catching small errors. 


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:15 AM

Writing is of utmost importance in journalism. Succinct, informative, accurate and engaging writing can really determine how successful a newscast is. No matter how great video and sound are, a package or story cannot be brought to life without good writing. 

As lead producer, I had to write the teases for this week's broadcast. I found this extremely challenging -- you can't give too much information away, but you have to give just enough to make the viewer want to keep watching the show. This means teases have to be clever and intriguing enough to draw viewers in and keep them in their seats.

Aside from writing teases, copy editing is also necessary and important. A day in the newsroom flies by so quickly and in such a rush that errors in writing are common. Hence, it is important for team members to copy edit other people's stories and update them if necessary. It is a team effort.

Despite the fact that everyone has set duties and deadlines, team members should try to take some time to check other members' works. This little push of effort can really make a drastic improvement to the newscast. I struggled with this on Tuesday because I was so consumed in the work I had to do. Luckily, going to the studio a little early and double checking scripts really helped in catching small errors. 

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New York Times Takes Steps To Improve Economic Reporting | Blog ...

New York Times Takes Steps To Improve Economic Reporting | Blog ... | Journalism | Scoop.it
In an October 18 post, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan addressed growing concerns that the outlet relies too heavily on reporting numbers-based stories in terms of raw figures. According to Sullivan:.
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Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity

Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity | Journalism | Scoop.it
Once you've worked as a writer and editor in the world of social media for a decade, the way I have, you start to notice patterns. For example, there are some stories that will never go viral, even if they are brilliant in every measurable way.
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There's a crucial point at the heart of the journalists-and-coding brouhaha -- it's about the future

There's a crucial point at the heart of the journalists-and-coding brouhaha -- it's about the future | Journalism | Scoop.it
The debate over whether journalists need to code is a lot like the argument over whether bloggers are journalists — a sign of how quickly the field is being disrupted, and of how much we still have left to learn...

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"If you prefer to remain ignorant of the entire field of programming or data, and want to rely on someone else to handle all the technical details — as you rely on someone else to take photos or design a page or sell ads — then good luck with that. Enjoy your retirement."


Hard to argue.

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Janine Lloyd's curator insight, October 28, 2013 2:33 AM

Great read. Journalism is no longer just about writing.

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Why Defining a Journalist Is Messy, But Crucial | Mediashift | PBS

Why Defining a Journalist Is Messy, But Crucial | Mediashift | PBS | Journalism | Scoop.it
Edson C. Tandoc, Jr., a Fulbright Scholar at the Missouri School of Journalism, co-authored this post. Earlier this month we published a scholarly article in Quorum, the online edition of the N.Y.U.
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I agree with their assessement that it is unwise to exclude anyone who is unpaid from being considered a journalist. Ideally the intention to serve the public interest will be emphasized, rather than any monetary motivation. Someone who reports news for free has the potential to be the least biased, whereas certain mutli-platform 'star journalists' probably have unavoidable financial conflicts. One other detail that bothers me, why any time restriction (employeed for one year in the last 20, three months in the last five) I can see the practicality of that to some extent, but it also seems to open up some cracks for people to fall through.

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New apps JumpCam, Cameo take mobile video editing and sharing to new level - San Jose Mercury News

New apps JumpCam, Cameo take mobile video editing and sharing to new level - San Jose Mercury News | Journalism | Scoop.it
New apps JumpCam, Cameo take mobile video editing and sharing to new level San Jose Mercury News Those same sharing and real-time editing features are built into JumpCam, which CEO David Stewart launched last year after leaving a high-ranking job...
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I'm interested to see more video apps coming out. Vine was the beginning, and the two featured here—Cameo and JumpCam—take an incremental step forward. I look forward to trying them out, but I also look forward to mobile video apps geared toward use by professional journalists.

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Insight Into the New Way of Doing Journalism - AllAfrica.com

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Insight Into the New Way of Doing Journalism AllAfrica.com As Friday's aircraft to Brazil rolled down the runway at OR Tambo International Airport with most of South Africa's investigative reporters on board, I wondered what would happen to our...
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Editing Lessons - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Editing Lessons - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Journalism | Scoop.it

Talking about editing with my composition students the past couple of weeks has got me thinking about the way I edit my own writing, especially these blog posts for The Chronicle.

I know—you probably think I just dash these off without much thought, and some of my posts may have reinforced that impression. But I actually spend a great deal of time trying to get them just right. In The Chronicle, I have a very large potential audience. There’s no quicker or more thorough way to embarrass myself professionally, and perhaps personally, than by saying something really stupid in one of these posts.

Thankfully, I have wonderful editors whose job is to keep me from saying anything too stupid, and they usually succeed. Most of the time, they make me look like a much better writer than I really am, for which I’m grateful.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, October 18, 2013 5:35 AM

Talking about editing with my composition students the past couple of weeks has got me thinking about the way I edit my own writing, especially these blog posts for The Chronicle.

I know—you probably think I just dash these off without much thought, and some of my posts may have reinforced that impression. But I actually spend a great deal of time trying to get them just right. In The Chronicle, I have a very large potential audience. There’s no quicker or more thorough way to embarrass myself professionally, and perhaps personally, than by saying something really stupid in one of these posts.

Thankfully, I have wonderful editors whose job is to keep me from saying anything too stupid, and they usually succeed. Most of the time, they make me look like a much better writer than I really am, for which I’m grateful.

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Journalists: Obama the Worst Since Nixon - Washington Free Beacon

Journalists: Obama the Worst Since Nixon - Washington Free Beacon | Journalism | Scoop.it
Journalists: Obama the Worst Since Nixon Washington Free Beacon The CPJ issued last week a scathing report, written by former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie, Jr., on the effects of the Obama administration's efforts to control...
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